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An Olean man has been arrested for allegedly selling Heroin and Fentanyl in the Cattaraugus County city in recent weeks.  


Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Olean Police say they arrested Curtis Frink earlier this week following an on-going investigation.  Task Force members say Frink is specifically accused of selling fentanyl to another person in the town of Randolph last November.  


Authorites say he is charged with one count each of third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance and, he was arraigned in Conewango Town Court.  


Frink was then sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail without bail.


All but a handful of school budgets put before voters in New York state have passed, including several that exceed the state's cap on property taxes.  
That from the state School Boards Association... which reports that voters defeated just five of the 676 budgets proposed by school boards around the state on Tuesday.  That's a 99.3% approval rate.
School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer says even districts that exceeded the spending cap did fairly well in their votes.
Of the five districts that rejected their 2017-18 budget proposals one was in Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County. Kreamer says they tried to exceed the state's tax cap but, were unsuccessful.  
Kreamer adds that residents in the Pittsford District, near Rochester also rejected their budget plan.  They and Hinsdale were the only two in Western New York.  Kreamer says the results in one district are too close to call.  
The new budgets include an average tax levy increase of about 1.5%.  Boards can put failed budgets before voters again June 20th or adopt a contingency budget that doesn't raise taxes.
The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls.  
Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls.  The Niagara County Legislature late Tuesday approved a resolution setting aside $35,000 for the act.  
It's planned for June 15th, the fifth anniversary of Nik Wallenda's televised 1,800-foot tightrope walk from the New York side of the falls into Canada.  
Five members of the famed Wallenda circus troupe fell from a high-wire in Sarasota, Florida, in February while practicing an eight-person pyramid.  Nik Wallenda avoided falling by grabbing a wire.  Everyone survived.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and the Village of Brocton announced Thursday that the boil water order in effect since this past Monday for all customers served by the Village of Brocton water supply is now lifted.
The affected area included the Village of Brocton, all Town of Portland Water Districts and that area of Pomfret west of Shorewood Country Club. Water samples collected on May 16 and 17 from the affected areas show that the water is safe to drink and use for all other purposes.
The Village had a major water main leak on May 15 that was repaired the same day but due to a loss of pressure in the system, a boil water advisory was placed into effect as a precaution.
For more information, please contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.
Local Authorities would like anyone in the area dealing with the issue of unauthorized use of a credit card to contact their local police agency.  
Lakewood-Busti Police found a credit card skimmer placed inside a gas pump at the Mobil Gas Station located on the corner of East Fairmount Avenue and Southwestern Drive this past Monday.  
Anyone that paid at the pump with a credit card is advised to check your bank acccount for any fraudulent use. The operators of the station say the skimmer fundamentally disabled the pump, and they are not sure anyone was scammed.  The pump involved has been fully repaired. 


Six people have been arrested in the town of Hanover on drug related charges.  


Just before 2pm Wednesday members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team executed a search warrant at 12211 Alleghany Road.  


Upon entry officers say they found 21 grams of uncut Fentanyl, cocaine, concentrated cannabis, suboxone, scales, a large amount of currency, one rifle, and packaging materials.  


22 year old Adam Mox, 23 year old James Hurley, 21 year old Nicholas Shambo, 21 year old Amber Roush, 22 year old Joy Sprague and 22 year old Mikayla Miller all face third and fourth degree Criminal Possession of a controlled substance charges.  Other charges are expected at a later date.    


This investigation is a portion of a larger investigation into several overdoses, two of which were fatal in northern Chautauqua County.   All six were arraigned and sent to the county jail.  


Authorities ask anyone in the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods to 363-0313.


A Jamestown man is awaiting arraignment after police had to fish him out of the Chadakoin River early yesterday morning.  


Jamestown Police report that 41 year old James Houser of Falconer allegedly stole a 30 pack of beer from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Brooklyn Square just before 3:30am.  Officers were alerted and able to locate Houser at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Institute Street with the case of beer.  


Officers say Houser then threw the case of beer into the Chadakoin and Jumped in after it.  Officers were able to retrieve both Houser and the beer from the river.  Houser faces a number of charges including Petit larceny and Tempering with physical evidence.


Two upstate New York breweries have been declared the winners of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday evening that Brewery Ommegang outside Cooperstown and the Roscoe Beer Co. in Sullivan County tied for first place after a blind taste test held in Manhattan.
More than 70 breweries signed up to participate in the contest, and more than 42,000 votes were cast online. Ommegang and Roscoe were among the five finalists.
The others were the Genesee  Brewing Co. in Rochester, Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn, and Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood in western New York.
The panel for Wednesday's taste test included Cuomo, chef Mario Batali and other noted food critics, chefs and restaurant owners.
Authorities say a man has been charged with driving drunk in the parking lot of the New York State Police Academy.
State police say an off-duty trooper reported a suspicious person Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot at the academy located at state police headquarters in Albany. Troopers say they watched a man exit his vehicle and lay down in a grassy area behind the academy.
Troopers conducted a field sobriety test on the man and then took him to the trooper station at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany, where a breath test revealed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.28 percent.
The legal limit for driving in New York is 0.08 percent. The 49-year-old man was ticketed for aggravated driving while intoxicated.
A Sinclairville man is in the county jail on drug related charges.  
At 10:20pm Wednesday the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Swat team entered 6221 Route 60 in the town of Charlotte with search and arrest warrants for 55 year old Timothy Harrison.  
Authorities allegedly seized 49 grams of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, and 172 grams of Marijuana, scales and a large amount of U.S. Currency.   Harrison is charged with one count of 3rd degree Criminal sale of a controlled substance.
He was arraigned and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further court action. It’s expected Harrison will face additional felony charges once the investigation has concluded.


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